DISCOVER CUBA

Highlights of Havana, Varadero & Pinar del Rio

HIGHLIGHTS

2 Nights Varadero - All-Inclusive Resort • 4 Nights Havana • Matanzas School of Art & Music • Museum of the Revolution • Old Havana Walking Tour (UNESCO) • Home & Studio of Artist Jose Fuster • Walking Tour of the Colon Cemetery • Havana Club Rum Museum Tour • Hemingway’s Farm - Finca La Vigia • Habana Compas Dance Group Performance • Old Style Classic Car Club Discussion • Former Cuban Baseball Player Discussion • Pinar Del Rio & Vinales Valley (UNESCO) • Cigar Factory Visit & Tour • Tobacco Farm & Farmhouse Visit

 

INCLUDES

16 Meals, Cuban Visa, R/T from MIA, Tour Director, Deluxe Motorcoach, Transportation, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling

TOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL        EASY  1   2   3   4  ACTIVE

Day 1 - Arrive Miami

Arrive in Miami, upon arrival transfer to your hotel for an overnight. This evening an Informational briefing will be held about the start of your ‘people to people’ experience in Cuba. The evening is at leisure.

 

Day 2 - Miami - Havana  - Varadero

This morning transfer to the Miami Airport and check in for your short flight to Havana, Cuba. Upon arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport and clearing customs, meet your local bilingual Cuban guide. Make a photo stop and learn more about the Plaza de la Revolucion, the center of Cuban political life and Havana’s largest plaza where huge rallies are held. Your Cuban guide speaks below the grandiose portraits of national heroes Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Enjoy lunch before departing Havana on a scenic drive that takes you past rural landscapes, small towns to the beautiful turquoise Caribbean Sea.  Stop at the Bacunayagua Bridge overlook for photos before checking into your all-inclusive resort located on a white sand beach offering beautiful views of the Caribbean.  Dinner is included this evening. (L,D)

 

Day 3 - Varadero - Matanzas

This morning we head to the town of Matanzas, founded in 1693. Enjoy a brief tour of the town square and see the Sauto Theater, the San Carlos Cathedral and more. Next tour the Pharmaceutical Museum founded in 1892 where time stands still. See hand painted French porcelain vases, more than 500,000 original medical recipe formulas and other antique items. Next visit a book making shop to see books being handmade and learn about this craft. Also meet and interact with a local Cuban artist and sculptor in his studio and art gallery. Visit the Matanzas School of Art and Music, a high school for talented children from different provinces throughout Cuba. Take an opportunity to talk with and interact with the teachers and students to learn about their work and aspirations. Stop to visit an arts & crafts market with an opportunity purchase art and items and to meet and interact with local artists and craft workers.      (B,L,D)

 

Day 4 - Varadero - Havana

After breakfast this morning we travel to Havana. Enjoy a walking tour with a local historian of the fascinating Colon Cemetery founded in 1876. The cemetery is noted for its many elaborate sculpted memorials and contains more than 500 major mausoleums, chapels and family vaults and is the final resting place for many famous Cubans.  Next enjoy a performance by the amazing Habana Compas Dance Group. Interact with the students and teachers to learn more about the Cuban dance culture. Today visit the famous Nacional Hotel, once Havana’s flagship hotel that hosted celebrities and world leaders during its heyday, such as Winston Churchill and Frank Sinatra. Meet a former famous professional Cuban baseball player and join in a discussion regarding the history and love of this game in Cuba and the U.S. Check into your hotel for a four night stay.     (B,L,D)


Day 5 - Old Havana - Museum of the Revolution

This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of pedestrian only Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the beautiful Cathedral de la Havana, built in baroque style in 1748 and learn about its preservation and

continuous restoration. Visit the Marqueta Vieja Havana Museum that houses the scale model of the City of Havana. Next, enjoy a fascinating tour of the Havana Club Rum Museum to learn about the history and process of making Cuban Rum. Visit the famous Museum of the Revolution that displays documents and artifacts, weapons and planes from the revolution. See artifacts & learn more about the Bay of Pigs. Next head to the fishing village of Jaimanitas to visit the community project and incredible Home and Work Shop of world famous  artist, painter and ceramicist Jose Fuster, often called the “Picasso of Cuba”. Here we spend time with the Fuster family and staff to discuss the influence of the artist’s work and community. (B,L)

 

Day 6 - Vinales Valley (UNESCO) - Pinar Del Rio

Today we travel into the rural Cuban countryside to the Vinales Valley located in the western most mountainous range in Cuba and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This region, the western province of Pinar del Rio is known for its stunning scenery, a landscape of prehistoric looking flat-top mountains or “mogotes”, tobacco plantations, caves and rivers. Next, visit a traditional Tobacco Farm and Farmhouse to meet with the farmer to learn about tobacco cultivation, the drying process and experience a cigar rolling demonstration inside the drying hut. Enjoy a visit inside his farmhouse, meeting and interacting with his family while enjoying some Cuban coffee. A great opportunity to witness up close, how Cuban families live in a rural setting. Next enjoy lunch at the beautiful Finca Paraiso Paladar (organic farm) offering incredible views of the Vinales Valley and an opportunity to meet the Cuban family that owns this paladar and home. Later stop at the Los Jasmines viewpoint on the way back to Havana for incredible panoramic views of the Vinales Valley and an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery and take photos of this beautiful and unique region. Return to Havana with the evening free to relax or explore on your own. (B,L)

 

Day 7 - Hemingway Farm - Old U.S. Classic Car Club

Begin your day with a guided visit with a local cigar expert to the La Corona Cigar Factory. Learn about the history and the process of Cuba cigars being hand rolled. Enter the world of Ernest Hemingway with a visit to Hemingway’s Farm, Finca La Vigia. This house is where the Nobel Prize winner lived with his wife Martha and view his personal belongings. View his yacht on display, the Pilar featured in his novel “Islands in the Stream”.  A photo stop is made at the Morro Castle, built in 1589, to protect the mouth of the Havana Harbor. Next visit the San Jose Craft Market and Art Center or similar to meet and interact with the local artists to discuss and learn of the importance of their art in Cuban culture. Before dinner, meet with the local U.S. Old Style Car Club owners. Enjoy a drive through the streets of Havana in a vintage American car to your Farewell Dinner at a local paladar. (B,L,D)

 

Day 8 - Depart Havana - usa

Today transfer to the airport for our return flight home with incredible memories your Discover Cuba tour. (B)

 

†Land only rates do not include hotel transfers. Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers.

 

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